Does anyone know of a public debate in which predominantly English people participated about the future of the UK and England should Scotland vote to secede from the Union? I have yet to discover such a debate. I have heard and seen many in which Scots and almost entirely Scots have participated (especially on the BBC) but none involving the English!
This is an absurd and certainly undemocratic situation, which calls into question all the high-minded claims to ‘equality’ professed by many Scottish (and Welsh and Brit) politicians. This is a situation in which 84% [92% when Northern Ireland and Wales are taken into account] of the UK’s voters have been excluded from a process affecting us.
The ‘Scotland Referendum 2014’ highlights the insular, exclusive, self-justifying nature of many Scots and much of Scottish politics. Who would imagine from the babble about this issue that Scots have a hugely disproportionate involvement in determining our (England’s) affairs. Scottish nationalists would have us all believe that they are struggling to free themselves from the oppressive English yolk, a political yolk significantly shaped by Scots. Oh no, it simply wouldn’t do to dispel the myth of Scottish victimhood!
Fundamentally, much of the motivation for separation is anti-Englishness and this is demonstrated in a number of ways; for example there are continued references to the British Government having had the temerity to start the introduction of the ‘Poll Tax’ in Scotland. Note that I said ‘started’ because the Tax was also inflicted on England but the prime minister at the time was Margaret Thatcher hated as much by being perceived as English as much as her government’s policies. The same cannot be said of the subsequent Blair/Brown governments and so THEIR nationality is conveniently ignored in yet another manifestation of essentially anti-English bias.
Many in the ‘Yes’ Campaign have strenuously denied that it is anti-English, but such denials carry all the weight of similar denials commencing with “I don’t mean to be rude . . . (for example) and then proceeding to be exactly that!
All this and more sets the context for dealing with the results of Scotland’s exclusive referendum. In the event of a ‘Yes’ result, who has a mandate to represent England’s particular interests? No one in the current British Parliament and, if the experience of the last two decades are any guide, England’s interests will be greatly subordinated! I can say with authority, that the British Government has made no plans to deal with the constitutional and other consequences of a ‘Yes’ result.
With Cameron and Clegg in positions of power, I fear for the settlement which will be imposed on England and the English. After all, the Coalition Government has saddled England with so called ‘austerity’ measures from which Scotland has been largely shielded despite the financial crisis which came to a head in September 2008 having been caused by the reckless conduct of Scottish bankers none of whom have been brought to book! Yes, expect Cameron to be exceedingly generous to the land of his father and his father’s fathers at England’s expense!
Cameron & Co have already committed themselves to yielding yet more self-determination, more financial power to Scotland as part of the bribe to the achieve a ‘No’ result. In making such promises, England and the English have been treated with contempt. WE are not to be afforded devolved powers as a nation. We are not even going to be afforded the fairness of a referendum! Instead, we are going to balkanised one way or another.
There is to be no national parliament for England! Instead, we will have city-regions inflicted on us now that ‘regional chambers’, ‘regional assemblies’, ‘regional development agencies’ have been deemed unsuccessful. The last thing the anti-English British Parliament will arrange is for the voters in England to be consulted as a nation.
In the event of Scotland remaining part of the UK, we will have the continued spectacle of our German-Scottish Queen and her German husband trotting around opening a Scottish parliament, a Welsh parliament and a Northern Ireland assembly but nothing remotely similar for England because England has no constitutional presence. The ‘English’ will continue to be excluded from ethnic monitoring in the UK! Just when will the people of England wake up and support the English Democrats in our efforts to reverse the situation and thereby represent England’s interests? Time is fast running out!